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Grace Graham

Grace Margaret Graham, age 85, of Waverly, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at Lake Ridge Care Center.

She was born in Franklin Township, Wright County, May 3, 1923, the daughter of John and Mathilda Doefler Theisen.

Grace was joined in holy marriage to Edward J. Graham July 10, 1947, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano. God blessed their marriage with five children.

Grace and Ed engaged in farming in Marysville Township, Wright County, for many years. Grace also was formerly employed at Jerry’s Café in Waverly, Tonka Toys in Mound, and at the Green Giant Plant in Winsted.

She enjoyed going to Jack Pot Junction, polkas, waltzes, animals, and life on the farm.

Grace was a faithful member of The Church of St. Mary in Waverly.

She is survived by her children: William J. “Bill” Graham of Waverly, John (Debra) Graham of Chaska, Patrick (Joan) Graham of Waverly, David (Bonnie) Graham of Delano, and Elizabeth “Liz” (Rick) Etzel of Waverly; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters Helen Smith of New Ulm and Ruth Morin of Maple Lake; sisters-in-law; and many other relatives and friends.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Graham; her parents; two brothers, Raymond and Ervin; three sisters, Marie Theisen, Elaine Pool, and Dorothy Carlson; and by a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Graham.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at The Church of St. Mary in Waverly. Father Timothy Cloutier was the celebrant.

Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Thursday morning for one hour, prior to the Mass.

Casket bearers were Ed, Ashley, Steve, Justin, Brian, and Jamie Graham.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.